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SGI - Advisory Board


Advisory Board Members


Kenneth D. Banner

Mr. Banner is a former United States Secret Service Agent who retired from a position as the Assistant to the Special-Agent-in-Charge of the Los Angeles field office. During his tenure with the USSS, Mr. Banner was assigned to several presidential protective details including those of former U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

Mr. Banner worked various assignments as a member of the USSS, which included tours with the Presidential Protection Division (PPD), Foreign Dignitary Unit as a supervisor, U.S. Presidential Candidate Detail, and Field Office Investigative Operations. Upon retiring, Mr. Banner had over 20 years of service and specialized experience with the USSS.

Prior to joining the Secret Service, Mr. Banner spent seven years as a police officer with the San Jose Police Department in California where he worked as a patrol officer and was later assigned to a special enforcement unit.

Mr. Banner has a Bachelor's Degree in Administration of Justice from California State University of Los Angeles.

Dr. Afshin M. Molkara

Dr. Molkara is a board certified vascular surgeon with over 20 years of progressive medical experience. Dr. Molkara is the Vice Chair for the Department of Surgery, and the Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Riverside County Regional Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Molkara was a Clinical Instructor of Surgery, and presently is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

Dr. Molkara attended Medical School at Howard University College of Medicine. Dr. Molkara completed his internship and residency at MCP Hahnemann University and Loma Linda University Hospital. Dr. Molkara also completed his fellowship at Loma Linda University Hospital and UCLA.

Dr. Molkara is actively involved with the SGI Combat Trauma Care - CTC training program, providing curriculum review and program evaluation. Dr. Molkara has conducted extensive research in his field and has several professional publications to his credit.

Dan O'Shea

Commander Daniel Patrick O'Shea is a qualified SEAL officer and 1991 graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.  In the 1990s he deployed to the Middle East numerous times as a Platoon and Task Unit Commander with SEAL Team Three.  In 1998, Mr. O'Shea left active duty to pursue a career in multi-sport adventure racing and a Masters degree in Executive Leadership.  Following the attacks of 9/11, he immediately volunteered to return to active duty and served as a Special Operations Forces advisor to General Tommy Franks and US Central Command headquarters during the wartime planning and execution of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).

After two years on active duty, Mr. O'Shea accepted a final assignment to help establish the Inter-Agency coordination effort at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.  Tasked by the Deputy Chief of Mission, he established and served as the Coordinator of the Hostage Working Group (HWG), the U.S. Mission's primary planning facilitator, intelligence fusion node, and coordinating element for all hostage-taking incidents in Iraq. 

The HWG brought to bear all elements of national and regional power: diplomacy, intelligence, law enforcement, and military, conventional, and special operations forces (SOF) as hostage situations developed.  Arriving at the height of the hostage-taking campaign targeting foreigners averaging more than 40 per month; by the end of Mr. O'Shea's service, foreign kidnappings in Iraq were in single digits with only one foreigner reported taken, in each of the last two months of his tour.

Recognized as a subject matter expert on the kidnapping problem in Iraq, Mr. O'Shea has presented his findings to numerous military, U.S. and international law enforcement agencies including the National Security Council-Hostage Working Group, U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, Scotland Yard, MI5, and MI6.  A series lecturer at the Joint Special Operations University Dynamics of International Terrorism course, Mr. O'Shea continues to brief official and private sector organizations engaged on hostage recovery and survival, and to military personnel on the kidnapping threat in high-risk environments.

Mr. O'Shea is recognized as an Islamic-extremist subject matter expert, and has been a past guest on CNN, BBC, and CBS and quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, and Esquire among many others.   He has delivered his "Into the Lions' Den" lecture series nationally and abroad.  Published in the Journal of International Security Affairs, he served as a member of the McCormick Tribune Foundation's Irregular Warfare working group, led by General David Grange, U.S. Army (retired), that produced the "Irregular Warfare Leadership in the 21st Century," envisioned as a blueprint for attaining and retaining U.S. national strategic interests. 

Mr. O'Shea is the recipient of the Navy League's 2007 Meritorious Citation, the organization's highest award given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the improvement of national security, one of only five presented annually.  Mr. O'Shea is also the Founder and Principal of Daniel Risk Mitigation and continues to serve in the Naval Reserves.

Gary Stromlund

Gary Stromlund has over 26 years of law enforcement experience, including three years with the West Covina Police Department and 23 years with the Los Angeles Police Department. Gary has extensive experience in patrol, traffic, investigative, and administrative assignments retiring from the LAPD at the rank of Lieutenant.

Gary supervised several major projects for the LAPD, including: the production of the award-winning video and after-action report of the North Hollywood Bank Robbery; the research and development of the Emergency Operations Guide for compliance with SEMS/ICS requirements; the implementation of the Stolen Vehicle Recovery Network (Lo-Jack System) in California; and planning for the logistics and security of the first three Community-Police Advisory Board Summits, attended by over 1,000 community members and guests at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Gary has extensive command post experience, having been assigned as the Executive Officer in activations of the Emergency Operations Center for the 1992 Riots, Northridge Earthquake, DWP Strike, World Cup Soccer Tournament, and O.J. Simpson trial. Gary was also a member of the Self Defense Advisory Committee that studied use of force incidents and then developed a highly successful curriculum of self-defense skills for police officers, which was the first program of its kind in law enforcement.

In 2002, he became the Director of Public Safety for a community college in Orange County. Gary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychobiology from UCLA, and was the honor graduate of his LAPD Academy class. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the California Law Enforcement Command College, and the West Point Leadership and Command Program. He possesses Basic through Management POST Certificates, and has completed extensive training in emergency preparedness.

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